I really like this year's Finest. I had 2 spots in Joe Collector's group break a few weeks back and I did incredibly well. I'm sure you've seen other posts about it.
Here is what I got. And from now on, if I ever complain about what I get in a group break, I want someone to print this post out about 1,000 times. Then, roll it up into a phone book sized cylinder, and beat me about the head and face with it for a good five minutes, as if you were Michael Vick and I was a dog. (Is that out of bounds?)
First, a few base cards. With all of the refractors and parallels and what-have-you it's easy to everlook the base set. It happens to be really nice, and may be my favorite Finest design so far. Here are Pujols, Wright, and H Ramirez.
There is also a handy dandy little trivia question on the back. Eg:
Who was the last rookie to win 20 games in a season? (Tom Browning, Vida Blue, Fernando Valenzuela, or Frank Tanana).
I wavered on Frank Tanana because his name is so fun to say, but settled on Vida Blue.
ANS: Tom Browning (1985)
I'm always been better at the pop culture trivia than at sports trivia for some reason.
Stephen Drew Refractor
Trivia: Who has the highest career SV%?
I was stumped when Joe Borowski wasn't even an option.
ANS: Eric Gagne
Josh Hamilton Blue Refractor 344/399
Alex Gordon Blue Refractor 025/399
Troy Glaus Blue Refractor 335/399
I might try to put together the Blue Refractor set. They are only out of 399 so it seems do-able.
Trivia: Which current franchise has gone the longest without a last-place finish in any season?
I know Iknow, you're all thinking Cleveland, right? Wrong! I know, fooled me too.
ANS: St Louis - 1918....seriously? They haven't finished last since 1918? That is impressive.
Dustin Pedroia Gold Refractor 41/50
Ichiro Gold Refractor 29/50
I like how Ichiro doesn't even seem to have a last name any more.
Rookie Redemption #7 Gold Refractor
Cool - I can't wait to see who it is. Then again, I'll be honest, I haven't even looked yet. I have no idea when they are releasing the info. I probably won't know until it arrives n the mail, sometime in 2011. By then I will have no idea what the heck it is for. I'm thinking it will be a lot like when you find $20 in your winter coat pocket in the fall when it turns cold for the first time.
Bobby Parnell Patch Auto 108/170
The only problem with these is that the auto's are too small. they would have been much better off letting them sign the white part so that we can read it. I know that isn't how it is done but really, would it matter? It's not like these are game worn. No, their just just some patches that some 9 year olds made in Taiwan for 50 cents an hour and 1 bathroom break (Is that cynical?).
Michael Bowden Blue Refractor Auto Patch 05/25
These are cool. I think I just like the blue color.
BTW, please disregard everything I just wrote about signing on the white part.
Grady Sizemore Cyan Plate 1/1!!!!!!!!
Major thank you to Groat who gave me this plate in exchange for a Ryan Zimmerman Blue Refractor. Grady is my favorite player on this Indian's team and Groat is a Nationals fan, so it worked out, but I can't help but feel a little guilty. This is the only 1/1 card I own and I couldn't be more excited about it.
You know what else? Did you notice that Zimmerman really started to tear it up right after this break and Groat's generosity? Good Karma. That's what it is.
Thank you Stusigpi for the break, and Groat for the trade. Made my month.
I even went on the bay and picked up a few boxes of my own. Got them for less than $70 each so I think I did pretty well. More to come on those.
I Am Joe Collector is currently doing a baseball and a football Group break with 2007 Sweet Spot. There are a few spots open. I recommend it.
2 weeks ago